Jim’s WebLetter for 8/15/15

Hi-ya Folks!

How in the internet world are you?  Whether you’re a casual visitor or in it to win it, here are a few things to check out in this week’s WebLetter.

If you own an iPad or iPhone, you have likely gotten a notice that an update, IOS 8.4.1 is now ready to be downloaded and installed.  I did mine on Friday because, as it was advertised, it carries some bug fixes.  I think the one thing that gets me the most is a crashing browser or news app when I’m in the middle of reading a story.  While this particular update is for Apple Music users and the issues the last update had with listening to and using the service, the write up from TechCrunch lists the other advantages to updating the Apple device.  In short, it’s worth the few minutes it takes to install.  http://techcrunch.com/2015/08/13/apple-releases-ios-8-4-1-update-with-various-apple-music-fixes/

Speaking of iPad, I came across an article this week listing the best coloring books for the iPad you can download and enjoy.  If you haven’t heard, adult coloring is becoming the rage as we are learning that something like that is a great way to take a break from the workday and enjoy either yourself or with the kids.  I mean, who didn’t grow up using Crayola crayons and a coloring book?  While the idea may sound childish, you’d be surprised at how calming it is to put color to outlined form.  It’s like painting.  I remember one of the challenges I had painting was staying awake after applying paint for a couple of hours.  It’s not tiring, it’s relaxing.  And the motion of applying the paint to a surface using a brush is at first exhilarating, then … you get the idea.  It’s the same with coloring.  Someone once said it’s a form of instant gratification.  See what you think.   http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/ipad-adult-coloring-book-apps-can-help-relax-unwind/

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While reading News 360 on Friday, I came across a story about a non-profit in California that uses dogs to help kids learn to read.  These specially trained dogs sit and will act as a “listener” giving young children to opportunity to have someone to read to, who won’t be judgmental or correct the child if he first mispronounces a word.  I have to say, this is yet another great way to use man’s best friend in the aid of companionship.  Dogs are already used in such instances as soldiers dealing with PTSD, friendly visits to elderly centers, and aid to autistic children, but this has great potential in helping children learn and enjoy reading in their formative years.  The name of the group is 4Paws and the program is “Readers of the Pack”.  I think other schools could benefit from the idea as their statistics show a marked improvement in reading levels of students.  http://www.4pawscenter.org/readers.html

Almost every week I get a question from someone about using Gmail.  I have often commented that it is the best free web app on the Internet.  After all, you can send and receive email with attachments, text, make phone calls, using Google Hangouts, and set up the email system using POP and IMAP for computer software like Outlook and Thunderbird … All free.  It makes a great storage facility and because of your gmail address, provides Cloud storage for documents, photos and videos in Google Drive and Google Photos.  And that’s just generally speaking.  There are a number of Gmail tips and tricks you can try.  This article from about.com provides a few good ones.  http://google.about.com/od/gmailtipsandtricks/tp/Gmail_Tips.htm

So how are you at drawing?  Good enough to create a stickman?  That’s good enough if you participate in a program that allows you to create a story and timeline for the character you drew.  Whether you download the Apple app or play online through the website, you can enjoy making the life of stickman and fill him with colors, puzzles and even, enemies.  http://www.drawastickman.com/mobile_epic.htm

When he was five, my grandson could hardly wait for his first day of school.
That morning, he waited anxiously with his mother for the bus to arrive, then started up the steps as soon as the bus pulled up and the doors opened.
With tears in her eyes, his mother said, “What about a kiss?”
The young man stopped, retraced a few steps, then promptly kissed the bus driver before he took a seat.
(Thanks, Mary)
Two brooms are getting married. Before the ceremony, the bride broom says to the groom broom, “I think I’m going to have a whisk.”
The groom broom says, “How can that be? We haven’t even swept together!”
(Thanks, Jeffrey)
Grandma and Grandpa purchased a new front loading washer and dryer.
The grandchildren were impressed with all the “bells and whistles.”
Grandma was looking for them one day. They had taken their little chairs into the laundry room and were watching the clothes in the washer and dryer.
When asked what they were doing they said, “We’re watching the laundry channel.”
(Thanks, James)
Have a great weekend and, may God bless you and keep you safe.

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